Venus Williams has won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship defeating Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-0. It’s the first success for the older of Williams sister since the triumph in Luxemburg in October 2012. Venus started this tournament as n.44 in WTA ranking, and thanks to this title she will climb the ranking until n.29, returning in the top 30 for the first time since May 19th 2013. It’s the third crown for Venus in Dubai, she won the tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2014. She’s now one win behind to Justine Henin who has won four times (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)
Venus is out from the top 20 since March 31st 2013, and in the last two seasons her best result in a Grand Slam tournament is the third round, reached in Australia in the 2013. But if you’re Venus Williams one tournament crown is enough to get asked about the chance to win a Grand Slam again:
“Winning all those Grand Slam titles, playing deep and getting to the final so many times, those are amazing accomplishments. It takes a lot of nerve and mental prowess. I’d like to think I’m on that path. But I’m not looking to do anything I did in the past, because I already did that. I’m looking to improve and be a better, smarter Venus. This week is obviously a step – every week for me is a step.” Williams said.
Alize Cornet lost her 4th straight match against the former n.1 Venus Williams, she lost in the first round of Roland Garros in 2007, in the third round in Dubai 2009, and in the second round of the Australian Open last year. Cornet will gain three position in the ranking, and the next week she will be n.23, which is her best result since June 9th 2013.